Charlotte Mecklenburg Virtual High School currently provides virtual learning for students in grades 9-12. CMS is excited to offer two new virtual learning options for the 2021-22 school year: an elementary school serving students in grades K-5, and a middle school serving students in grades 6-8.  The district will continue its Virtual High School for grades 9-12.

Please note that virtual learning is offered in dedicated Virtual Schools, separate from in-person learning at neighborhood and magnet schools.

All CMS virtual schools will:

  • Provide students access to all core courses and a wide range of elective courses including middle and high school honors courses and high school AP courses;
  • Support each student according to their individual learning needs including our students with an IEP, English learners, and gifted students;
  • Support the social and emotional well-being and health of all students;  
  • Create opportunities to develop community among students, teachers and staff.


UPDATE: CMS Virtual School Enrollment for K-2 is now open

Families of medically fragile children in grades K-2 may request a transfer into the Virtual Elementary School between October 4 and October 10, with a start date of November 1 for approved transfers.

  • Apply using the request for transfer process (linked in the button below)
  • Choose “Medical or health condition” as the reason for transfer.
  • A completed medical packet will be required.

Families who applied for virtual school transfers for grades 3-8 between Aug. 19 and Sept. 3 were placed on a waitlist and will be notified as space becomes available.

Students on the waitlist must attend their currently assigned schools until notified of admission to a CMS virtual school.

In accordance with N.C. Department of Public Instruction policy, students must attend at least one day in the first 10 days or they will be automatically withdrawn from CMS and removed from both their assigned school and the CMS virtual academy waitlist!

Further enrollment for 2021-22 is available only to those students with a medical or health condition. Admission is not guaranteed.

July 15 Information Session

A second Virtual Schools information session was held on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 6 p.m. You can see the presentation slides and recorded video using the buttons below.

June 24 Information Session

A Virtual Schools information session was held on Thursday, June 24, at 6 p.m. The slide deck can be accessed using the button below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What grade levels will be offered by the virtual schools?

A: There will be three virtual schools available: one serving grades K-5, another serving grades 6-8 and the last serving grades 9-12.

Q: When will the virtual schools start and end?

A: The virtual schools will follow the district’s 2021-22 academic year calendar. All teacher workdays, early release days, holidays and breaks will be consistent with the district’s in-person schools. The first day of school is August 25, 2021, and the last day of school is June 8, 2022.

Q: How can students participate in sports and extracurriculars?

A: Middle and high school students enrolled in a virtual school have access to sports and extracurricular activities at their assigned home school. Please contact your home school about participation, scheduling and tryouts for sports teams.

Q:      Are you doing a virtual school with teachers “live at a consistent hour” or is it more like you can log on anytime and there are assignments but no live teachers teaching lessons at certain scheduled times?

A:        There will be a blend of synchronous (live at a particular time) and asynchronous (independent) work, with time in each part depending on the grade level and/or class. For the elementary school, the first half of the day will be mostly synchronous, and the second half mostly asynchronous. However, there will be some synchronous opportunities in the later part of the day, including opportunities for targeted support, enrichment, clubs, office hours with teachers, and a closing class meeting to give students an opportunity to reflect and goal-set.

Q:      Why is a virtual option not being offered for grades K through 2?

A:        The district has approved a K-2 virtual option for medically fragile students. See “Registration” above for enrollment processes.

Q:      What middle and high school courses will be offered?

A:        Students assigned to the virtual middle and high schools will choose courses once the transfers are complete.  A master schedule will be created for each school based on student choices.  Elective courses in particular will only be offered if there is sufficient interest.

Q:      Can my child continue at his/her current school and still do virtual? 

A:        No, the new virtual schools are completely separate from students’ current neighborhood or magnet school, with dedicated teachers assigned to the virtual schools. 

Q:      Can you confirm you will be offering Virtual School for the EC children?

A:        Yes, EC students can participate in the virtual schools, with appropriate services provided according to students’ Individual Education Plans.

Q:      Will there be a location for the school or is that virtual too? If there is a location, will students from all grades (K-12) be housed in the same place?

A:        The Virtual Elementary and Middle Schools will be temporarily housed at E.E. Waddell, 7030 Nations Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28217. This location will be used for testing as well as other in-person needs. The Virtual High School’s address is 1900 New Castle Street, Charlotte, NC  28216.  (Former Lincoln Heights Academy)

Q:      Will there be transportation available for this school? When will transportation be needed?

A:        Students will need to be in-person for some testing situations (3rd grade BOG, EOGs, EOCs), and transportation will be provided if needed for those situations.

Q:      How many administrators will be available for this school?

A:        Each school will have its own principal. The elementary principal is Ms. Kim King.  The Virtual Middle School Principal is Ms. Tonya Faison, and the Virtual High School Principal is Mr. John Cline.

Q:      I am interested in the hiring process for this virtual school. How do I apply to be a teacher or administrator?

A:        Start by visiting the Careers page: https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/Jobs/Pages/default.aspx

Q:      Will the classes be asynchronous or synchronous?

A:        For grades K-8, there will be some synchronous time each day.

Q:      What is the 2021 deadline to submit a transfer request for these schools?

A:        July 18, 2021

Q:      How are they similar to/different from the remote learning that happened during the pandemic?

A:        The virtual schools will be completely separate from the assigned school, with dedicated staff members teaching online. Students will be part of a class and a community just like they would in an in-person school setting. Students will be able to develop relationships and interact in both academic and less formal virtual environments with their peers.

Q:      Will breakfast/lunch be provided for Virtual students?

A:        We are working on finding the answer to this question.

Q:      How do I participate in extracurriculars like sports?

A:        You will participate in schools and other extracurriculars at your home school.

Q:      What will the bell schedule be for these schools?

A:        The Virtual Elementary and Middle Schools will meet from 9:15 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. The Virtual High School’s bell schedule is 7:15 a.m. until 2:15 p.m.